If two-channel music is more your thing, the Vizio SB4051-D5 again performs well beyond what its modest price would suggest. It is a far better Bluetooth speaker than just about any I’ve heard and the streaming options are robust. There are even plenty of legacy connectivity options to accommodate non-networked components. Bottom line – the Vizio SB4051-D5 Sound Bar System is great product for those who want good sound while keeping things simple.”
In stereo music applications, whether with the 702 S2 floorstanders or the 705 S2 bookshelf speakers, the musicality of these speakers cannot be denied, producing sweet and transparent midrange with smooth and detailed highs. The ability of these speakers to image and project a believable soundstage is outstanding. As the speakers have restricted bass extension I recommend subwoofer augmentation to achieve the ultimate full frequency-range listening experience. I used the DB4S subwoofer, which is equipped with a feature for an easy and seamless integration especially with the B&W family of speakers, to augment the low-frequency response of the speakers with a great result. Moreover, this relatively small subwoofer has the room-acoustic correction feature that will improve further the system’s bass response.
Grayscale calibration and gamma adjustment bring the average error down to an impressive 1.16dE. This is as good or better than the best projectors I’ve reviewed, some of which cost a whole lot more than the HT2550. Luminance levels are now better balanced and the primary colors are right on their saturation targets. When a dot is in contact with the square on the CIE chart, that indicates an error of 1dE before luminance is factored in. It doesn’t get much better than this for SDR performance in Rec.709.”
Managing light output presented one of the more noticeable concerns I had with this new laser design. Most of the projectors I’ve used in past years featured a manual aperture/iris for dialing in the white level you want on screen exactly, while simultaneously increasing contrast as you close the iris down (due to the reduction of light scatter captured by the iris). This is a win-win scenario for any projector that delivers more light than you need, and Sony has provided this feature on all the models I’ve reviewed over the years. The VPL-VW885ES departs from this, offering no iris of any kind. Instead, a laser level control is provided with a range of 0 to 100, though the range is limited: Moving the control from 100 to 0 only reduced the light output by about half and provided no benefit to the pro-jector’s native contrast ratio (indeed, it actually lowered it slightly).”